Monday, January 26, 2015

Week 308 Menu

Hi there! Since every post is better with a picture, here's a silly cell phone pic for you of the drawer of my fridge. I can't seem to keep it stocked with Tillamook yogurt for long. My family devours it. It's yummy!

It's Monday, I'm trying hard to get organized.  Most of our new house is unpacked, at least the parts of the house that we use daily. I need to hang up my menu board, bulletin board and all our clocks.  I'm making responsibility charts for my kids, dish washing charts, doing laundry and making my menu.  I'm ready for routine and schedule and my kids are too.  

I'm also ready to try to only go to the grocery store once this week instead of going to a different grocery store every day.  It's been tricky figuring out where I want to shop after having shopped at the same place in New Mexico for the last eight years.  I posted on facebook the other day that I was happy to discover Winco, after trying more than five other grocery stores nearby since we moved here.  

I'll be glad when we all finally are in a routine and things feel familiar.  :)

Menu planning time:

Monday:  tacos

Tuesday:  chicken noodle soup with my favorite whole wheat bread

Wednesday:  porcupine meatballs with rice 

Thursday: Lorene's chicken

Friday: pulled pork sandwiches topped with coleslaw

Saturday:  easy night

What are you making this week?  (Thanks Wendi and Beth for sharing last week!)  


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Week 307 Menu and a new home!

Hi guys!  Well, we finally made it to the end of our moving adventure.  We've been in transition since the week of Thanksgiving. It's been a great couple of months, but a little crazy and far from normal and routine.  My favorite part was being able to spend time with so many of our favorite people.

View from my deck
We closed on our new home last week and I thought I'd take a quick break from the boxes this morning to post.  I'm loving our new home.  It's has lots of extra space, a huge yard, a big hill behind the house, beautiful view especially at night, and seems to be in a great neighborhood.

basement that the kids occasionally use to make box forts
It's been fun to explore our new town.  I don't have to use Google Maps everywhere I go anymore.  We have beautiful rivers, farmland, close shopping and not too much traffic.  Someone asked me if I felt like I'd moved to Mayberry...little did she know where I just moved from or where I grew up!

I've met lots of great people and made some friends.  We are all missing our old friends like crazy, but hopefully the hardest times are behind us now that everyone has already started school, scouts, activity days, basketball, etc.

All right..the boxes are calling my name.  Menu time...

Monday:  we had lasagna with our favorite french bread and homemade freezer jam (so glad that Costco carries raspberries)

Tuesday:  we had honey lime enchiladas with Sandy's famous salsa on top

Wednesday:  we had marinated steak and rice

Thursday:  chicken angelo

Friday:  homemade pizza

Saturday:  homemade chicken noodle soup

Sunday:  perfect pot roast, potatoes, etc.

All righty...what have you been making lately?  I'd love to hear your menu ideas.
P.S.  Since things have been so busy, I've been posting much more on Instagram than I have on Facebook or here.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Old School. New School.

Hi guys!  Are you waiting for an inspiring menu post?  Ha! Looks like it might not happen this week.  My menu is turning out to be whatever we find from Costco.  :)  (I'd love ideas if you have favorite quick dinners from there.)

Anyway...I have school on my mind the last three days.  My kids just started at a new school here and it's very much different than our school in New Mexico.  I thought I'd do a "Old School.  New School."  post so my kids can remember both.

Disclaimer:  I LOVED our school in New Mexico.  The kids had a great experience and wonderful teachers and staff.

Old School:  All day kindergarten.
New School:  Half day, I pick him up at 11:47.

Old School:  Snacks twice a day.
New School:  No snack (at least not in kindergarten, so my kindergartener is ravenous when I pick him.)

Old School:  School lunch looked less than desirable, so we packed lunches every day.
New School:  School lunch has four entree choices daily.  And is two dollars cheaper than old school.

Old School:  Kids ate lunch in the gym.  Parents could join them.  (I LOVED doing this.)
New School.  Kids eat in their classroom.  Parents can join them, but my third grader thinks this might be embarrasing.)

Old School:  Old building.
New School:  Newer building, but the kids tell me the bathrooms are stinky.

Old School:  Start time 8:15.  End time 3:20.
New School:  Start time 8:40.  End time 3:17.  (I LOVE the later start.)

Old School:  P.E. and music once a week.
New School:  P.E. and Music twice a week.

Old School:  Art (with a FABULOUS teacher).
New School:  No art special.

Old School:  Out at noon on Wednesday (I loved this because I didn't have to pack lunches).
New School:  Out at 2:00 on Wednesday.

Old School:  Smaller class size (only 14 kids in my 3rd graders class and 20+ in the other kids classes).
New School:  Bigger class size (largest is 28 kids in 5th grade and lower 20s in the other kids classes).

That's all for now.  The new school seems great.  The kids' teachers are nice and the kids are making friends, although some of the kids can't remember many names yet.  Kind of tricky moving in the middle of the school year, but we'll survive and hopefully the kids will thrive!  (Couldn't resist the rhyme!)


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

15 Things About Living in a New State

1.  We've been in Washington for four days now.

2.  Thank goodness for Google Maps on my phone.

3. I should have enjoyed the snow we got this weekend, because it's a rarity. (I'm assuming this used to be a snowman.)

4.  It snowed on Sunday and Sunday evening it WARMED up to 50 and the Chinook winds made the snow disappear.  Different weather for sure!

5.  Most people I meet assume that we think the weather here is really cold because we're from New Mexico.  Not true.

6.  I need to apologize to the people that live in the apartment below us for the jumping and thumping from my kids.  Apartment living is new to them.  Luckily it will only last for a couple of weeks.

7.  The glass dining table in our apartment has to be cleaned on the top and underneath after every meal with my boys.

8.  The ice cream I bought has the same name as a bank.

9.  My kids will learn that Tillamook = good!  They're loving the yogurt.

10.  Costco closes at 6 on Saturday.  I showed up at 6:03.  I'm a Costco Newbie!  No Sam's Club here.

11.  I went to Target twice in one day the other day.  It's strange to have so much shopping so close after living in a tiny town for eight years.

12.  The kids survived, and might have even enjoyed, their first day in their new school.

13.  I'm not sure if I'll miss all-day kindergarten.  I know my two year old loves having a brother to play with in the afternoons now.

14.  A little "Are you new here?  Welcome!"  goes a long way!  I'm so glad for friendly people!

15.  Menu planning is tricky this week since I have a kitchen, but don't have spices and baking stuff.  My menu plan might have to wait a few days for this week.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

14 Recipes from 2014

Hi guys!  I thought I'd do a recipe recap like I did last year (see the recipes from 2013 here).
It's funny how I've forget what I've posted about.  After looking through these recipes that I've loved enough to blog about, I'm feeling hungry.  I loved all of these recipes and my family did too.

1.  Homemade Maple Syrup.  I made some this morning.  It's the only syrup I really love!

2.  A Little Sweet and Salty Granola.  I made this again last month and enjoyed every bite.

  3.  The Best Whole Wheat Bread Ever!  It's still my favorite whole wheat bread recipe.  Still only takes less than two hours to bake.  And it still is DELICIOUS warm from the freezer.  

. 4.  Lemon Pudding Cake.  Making this again next Easter!

5.  Slow Cooker Kalua Pork.  This is in our regular Sunday dinner rotation,  Takes two minutes prep and the crockpot does the rest.  So easy and yummy!

6.  Simple Coconut Rice.  I serve this every time with Kalua Pork.  Yummy.

7.  French Dip Pitas.  My favorite way to use up leftover roast beef.

8.  10 Minute French Dip.  My favorite quick meal.  My family may or may not be sick of these because we had them several times a month all year.

9.  Brownie Pudding.  A family Sunday Dessert favorite!

10.  Crepes.  My kids most favorite breakfast ever!

11.  WhirleyPop Kettlecorn.  My snacking weakness.  But it's okay because it's not that bad for you.

12.  Slow Cooker Korean Fire Meat.  I'm making this again as soon as my crockpot is unpacked.  

13.  Chicken Angelo.  Can't wait to make this again soon!

14.  Greek Powdered Sugar Cookies.  Yum!  Still wiping the powdered sugar from my face, and the counter and the floor from eating these.

Well, there you have it.  A year's worth of recipes.  Those are my favorites.  What were some of your favorite recipes this year?  (Doesn't have to be from my blog.  I'd love to hear about any and all favorite recipes!)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Week 306 Menu and a Holiday Update

Wow, time is really flying by! Only a few more days and we'll actually be in Washington. We'll be getting settled in our temporary housing where we'll stay for a few weeks until we close on our house. But as of next Monday, we'll be right back into school, homework and basketball practice. I'm excited to show the kids around our new town (and figure out where things are myself). Thank goodness for Google Maps and GPS!

We had a great Christmas.  It was a bit more relaxed than we planned since we've been fighting the flu off and on for a while.  Just stayed at home and played Lego CHIMA.

I've posted more pictures on Instagram of our holiday fun.  (Just a little reminder that I LOVE Instagram and we should be friends.  I love it so much more than Facebook!  So much simpler and happier and less notifications.)

Back to Christmas...I read a whole book (!) The Snow Child Christmas Day since I wasn't feeling super great.  Have you read it?  I'd love to talk to someone about it.  It was a fun, winter-time book.

I got to spend time with my whole family on Saturday.  Everyone was there! (I'm usually the one that isn't there when they get together.)  Good times!  Wish it happened more often.
My sweet dad and my two year old!  I love this picture.  
Since we only have a few more days in Utah with family our days are getting busy trying to fit time in with everyone.  But, I'm still menu planning a little bit.  I think I can get away with only planning two meals this week for our last few days in Utah.

I'm thinking I'd like to make Swedish meatballs for everyone that might be at my in-laws house (where we're staying) this week.  I'm going to IKEA tomorrow, so I can grab some lingonberry preserves and gravy packets for our meal.

And then for New Year's Eve, I've been craving a good pulled pork sandwich topped with coleslaw.  Walmart has the best rolls that would be delicious for this.  :)  I also might want to make some veggie pizza, little smokies wrapped in bacon, and my sister-in-law, Maggie's cheeseball, because it's super yummy.  Maybe some pepperoni bread too.  And I haven't even thought about sweets to make yet.  :)

Anyway...enough from me.  I'd love to hear from you (especially you New Mexico friends that tell me that you check my blog...I'm missing you!).  How was your Christmas?  What are your New Year plans?  Are you on vacation and not cooking?

Happy New Year everyone (just in case I don't blog again between now and then)!  Thanks for being my blogging friend!